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Professionals Australia today launched its Gender Bias series to mark Equal Pay Day.

CEO Chris Walton said the national gender pay gap is an indicator of the relative position of women in the workforce reflecting a number of complex factors that operate to disadvantage women including earnings differences arising from the under-representation of women in senior, management and Board positions, the distribution of unpaid caring responsibilities as well as gender discrimination and a range of systemic and unconscious biases.

“Our Women in STEM report showed that almost a third of respondents (31%) expected to leave their profession within five years. The attrition of so many women STEM professionals is a significant waste of expertise, talent and investment.”

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